#DIYhair Friday……The Dutch Herring

DSC02064I will start by saying that I love anything dutch. I am a big fan of The Netherlands and tulips and Amsterdam.

My grandpas family, the Vanderstoeps, came over from Holland on a boat, and brought with them a sense of sillyness, practicality, offbeat humor, and large foreheads.

This is a hairstyle that I came up with while bored in my sweaty little attic room where I shoot my photos by skylight. I hung my spring-y sheet, and cracked the window in an effort to evoke springtime tulip-y hair inspiration. And then, like a birdsong in the soft breeze, the Dutch Herring hairstyle came to be.

It is a hairstyle that requiresfrench fishtail braiding skills. Watch this video and practice up on the fishtail braid. Once you get that down, you are ready to try The Dutch Herring! You will need hair that is shoulder length or longer for best results. If your hair is shorter, you can try this as a half up hairstyle, leaving the back down!PicMonkey Collage

1. Start by parting off the sides of the hair from the top of the head to behind each ear.

2. Make a center part in the front. Start a french fishtail braid on one side at the top of the front hairline.

3.. Braid it all the way down the free end.

4. Secure the end with an elastic.

5. Repeat on the other side section. Take both braids together at the back of the head and secure them with an elastic. Remove the rubber bands from the ends.

6. Now start a fishtail braid with your large center section, adding in the tail of your first two combined braids.

7. Braid all the way to the ends and secure with an elastic, and then pull apart and loosen the braid a bit.

8.. Now split the hair behind your first 2 braids, and take the tail of the third braid and wind it up and through the split (topsy-tail style)

9. Loose-ly wind the tail of the braid through the split and around the first 2 joined braids.

10. Discreetly pin the end to your head, and add a couple more pins to secure the whole hairstyle.

Now wear this hairstyle out this weekend and inspire others to go Dutch.



Hair chalk 101 and a bonus tutorial!

DSC03306I know. Hair chalk has been around for a while now and I’m just now jumping on the bandwagon. This is only because I like to see a trend cool down before adding my own spin to it. I wanted to be able to give you guys something unique, so I waited. And played. And drew with chalk with my kids. And chalked their hair. And chalked my mannequin’s hair.

I experimented with different chalks. I started with KM Color.Bug
which is awesome but a little spendy and not exactly easy to use. Crayola chalk is cheap and it works alright, but it is a bit chunky and dry and doesn’t seem to have enough pigment in it to use on darker hair colors.

Finally, I went to the art store and got Prang Pastello Art Chalk (10440) which was relatively inexpensive and came in really pretty bright colors. I got a pack and brought em home and tried them. They were perfectly smooth and creamy and colorful in the hair.

Now, I know that there are companies out there that make chalk that is specific for hair. So far, though, I am perfectly happy with my tried and true sidewalk chalk. If you have a brand of hair chalk that you love, I’d love to know what it is!


Today, I am going to tell you how I use hair chalk for best results.

The first thing that you should know about hair chalking is that you are going to get your hands dirty. BUT, don’t worry. It washes off the hands just as easy as it washes out of the hair. DSC03322

Just add water and give a good scrub and rinse. To remove it from your hair, brush it out with a paddle brush to lighten it into a pretty pastel hue, and then rinse well with water to remove it altogether.

You can use hair chalk on all hair colors. Reds, pinks, purples, and oranges tend to work well on darker hair. All colored chalk works on lighter hair colors. Of course chalk shows up the best on very light hair.chalk

Here is how I use it.

How to use hair chalk!

Select the colors that you want to use. Soak them in water. Test them before using in your hair. For best results, when you draw with them, they should be wet enough to leave a wet line along with the color. This will give you a more saturated color in your hair.

Start with dry hair. Choose your hair section to color. Hold the section with some tension. Firmly run the chalk down the hair in small feather-like strokes. It will be a little chunky at first. Don’t worry. After it dries, you can comb through it and it will even out.

Don’t be afraid to use 2-3 colors on one section! Color fades are so easy and they look great. Try doing the top third of the section with one color, then switch to another color for the middle third, and then another color on the ends.

Let the chalk dry in your hair, then gently comb through it with a comb or with your fingers. This will diffuse the color and smooth it out. Now, you are ready for styling!

Here is a fun way to style chalked hair. I will call this the Parrot fish braid because it is a tropical colored fishtail braid.colored fish

1. To get this look, you will want to start by chalking 5-6 random sections of hair at different lengths with different colors. Chalk some pieces with solid color, and color fade a few too.

2. Do a fishtail braid and secure the end with a small elastic.

3. Gently pull your braid apart to bulk it up.

4. Wrap the braid to the right, starting at the base.

5. Pin it from a couple different angles to secure it. Make sure that the tail is tucked in.

Do you like this look? I’ve got some more fun and unique hair chalking up my sleeve so get your chalk ready. Also, do you love the earrings that the model is wearing in this tutorial? I do. Nikki made em.



Stone Fox Bride braid

stone foxWeddings, in general, make me want to revolt.

Wedding hair scares me. I’ll be honest. Wedding party hairstyling stresses me out and makes me sweat and wish I was a dude. But I love the concept of a day to celebrate your love and union and look and feel as beautiful as you are.

My dream wedding is me with long hair, and all my best woman friends and family from all over the world, dressed in Gunne Sax dresses or soft Indian cotton, or naked, lounging around a remote hot springs with soft light and wildflowers. We will dine on delicious food, and drink plenty of spring water and whiskey.

No groom or best man. Just pure feminine beauty, celebrating love and life. Then, after a week of that, I will embark on a honeymoon for me and my man, who I dearly adore.

I found Stone Fox Bride on Instagram. My BFF,  jewelry designer Nikki Jacoby told me to check em out and I trust her opinion on all things. They post photos of beautiful things like dresses, flowers, people in love, photos that basically tell the story of a life that I aspire to have.

Stone Fox Bride is a team of 10 in NYC that work together to make conceptual bohemian/punk-rock wedding dreams a reality for people who are not interested in your typical stiff nuptial occasion.

Screen Shot 2013-04-26 at 1.04.28 PMThey have many beautifully inspired collections to browse on their website, as well as a great blog that introduces you to the colorful and divinely intriguing SFB cast. Their shop is filled with sickeningly gorgeous Art Nouveau and Deco rings and vintage lace wedding dresses that a girl could really steal a show in. Screen Shot 2013-04-26 at 1.03.33 PM Their models are regular, beautiful, natural, tattoo-ed, interesting women (and a couple men) . Their attitude is “Fuck weddings” but still have fun making it pretty.




(These 3 photos are from SFB’s website)

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Here is an exerpt from their 2013 collection featuring NYC jewelry designer Pam Love.

“You’re not into uptown. Or anything puffy or fluffy. Stiff flowers, pink cupcakes. Fuck weddings. You’re gonna throw rugs on the lawn, saunter into City Hall, say I do during a backyard barbeque. Looking like a more radiant version of your regular self. Comfy and cool, as usual.”

The Stone Fox Bride concept inspired the shit out of me. I wanted to collaborate or offer them something for being so right on. So, I designed a hairstyle that I will call the Stone Fox Braid in honor of them.





The Stone Fox Braid

This hairstyle is an easy DIY style for low key brides that want a soft and beautiful hairstyle to pair with some sort of pretty crown or garland. For this shoot, I had a crown made of succulents to adorn the hairstyle with. It seemed very fitting.

Here is the hairstyle, and how to do it.bride braid










1. Part the hair down the center of the back.

2. Do a fishtail braid in each section, all the way to the ends.

3. Secure the ends with  clear elastics.

4. Starting at the ends of each braid, pull the outsides of the braid apart a bit to loosen them and rough em up. Work your way up the braids, a little at a time.

5. Take the right braid, and pull it over the top of the left braid. Pin it at the top.

6. Now pull the left braid under the right one and pin it to the outside of the base of the right braid.

7. Fold both ends over and pin them under the braids to hide them. Add additional pins to secure the hairstyle.

Pull down your lady parts to frame your face, and add flowers or a crown.

If you are a DIY bride, make sure to check out my 5 steps to fab wedding day hair guest post to get you ready for your big day.

You are a Stone fucking Fox!





Don’t forget to blend in your extensions.


Meet Ramona. She has fine dark hair that is just below the shoulder-length. She gets micro-bead extensions in 24 inches to add tons of length and thickness. Hair extensions, especially remy clip in hair extensions, can either be your best friend, or worst enemy if not properly installed and blended. Ramona is not a licensed hair dresser, and actually taught herself to do extensions. When she is not bartending, you can find her giving a gorgeous head of Doctored Locks linkies micro-beads extensions to a local stripper in 3 hours or less. Great little side-job if you ask me!


She taught a friend to do them so that she would have someone put hers in. She gets her extensions put in every 3 months or so. They look perfect on her, and she is very happy with them. After she gets them put in, she comes to me to blend them.Screen Shot 2013-04-08 at 6.48.31 PM

blending is a must. This photo on the left is what happens if you don’t custom blend your new extensions. A little trim around the edges and some light layering is all you need.

Check out Ramona’s before and after. The difference is subtle, but the outcome is perfect.

A little trim around the edges and some light layering is all you need. Perfect layers ponytail cut does the trick  every time.

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And here is a little cautionary tid-bit……It is crucial to take care of your extensions. Pamper them and condition them. detangle and gently brush them. I advise against coloring them yourself. Talk to your stylist or check out the company website to get the right care tips for your particular extension type.

This photo below is what happens if you don’t treat your weave well.

Screen Shot 2013-04-08 at 6.48.51 PMAnd the photo of Brit is what happens if you get the wrong color. If you are gonna get a weave, make it a good one, and take care of it.
Got a weave story? I want to hear it.

Want to know more about hair extensions? Check out this post.


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